WARNING – THE VIDEO EMBEDDED HERE IS NOT FOR CHILDREN – IT DEPICTS EXTREME CRUELTY – VOTE WITH YOUR WALLET – BOYCOTT FACTORY FARMS
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has released yet another undercover video revealing the cruel treatment of animals and inhumane conditions.
Last month, HSUS released the results of an undercover investigation revealing extreme animal abuse and unsanitary conditions at Kreider Farms, a major factory farm that produces 4.5 million eggs each day.
This time an undercover HSUS video disclosed egregious animal abuse at a Wyoming pig breeding facility owned by a supplier for Tyson Foods. The video, shot in April 2012, was taken at Wyoming Premium Farms, a pig factory farm in Wheatland, Wyoming, owned by Itoham America, Inc.
The video shows workers kicking living piglets like soccer balls, swinging sick piglets in circles by their hind legs, striking mother pigs with their fists and repeatedly and forcefully kicking them as they resisted leaving their young.
“In one case, a mother pig with a broken back leg endured a very heavy worker sitting and bouncing on top of her hindquarters as the pig screamed in pain. The investigator also found pigs with untreated abscesses and severe rectal and uterine prolapses, mummified piglet corpses, and baby piglets who had fallen through floor slats to either hang to death or drown in manure pits.”
“I am sickened and outraged by what I’ve seen, and any right-thinking person will have the same reaction,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS.
“The shocking abuse at this facility shows why so many Americans are calling for reforms in the pork industry. It is also deeply disconcerting that Tyson and other companies are buying pork from this hellhole for pigs, and I hope those corporate relationships end tomorrow.”
Killing and slaughtering farm animals for food is an accepted way of life in most cultures, but as Blanca Valbuena, our Editor-in-Chief, pointed out to me recently, the people in the HSUS undercover video at Wyoming Premium Farms are well beyond just being calloused and desensitized to animal welfare — “these people are sadists!”
The farm workers in this video seek out and take pleasure in inflicting unspeakable and unbearable pain and torture on innocent living creatures, and their young offspring.
Most independent farmers would be repulsed by the way the pigs at Wyoming Premium Farms were treated and have a sound respect for farm animals — they take pride in caring for and maintaining a healthy stock.
“Farmers know their animals well and they pay attention to their health and well being. [Responsible and caring] “Hog farmers with 1400 hogs, walk the floor of their facilities regularly and keep track of the health of their animals”.
The above is an excerpt from “For the Love of Farming”, an introduction to agriculture from the farmers’ perspectives.
Powerful Food Cartel Criminalizes Exposing Their Crimes
These HSUS undercover videos and others groups who conduct similar efforts make a huge difference in exposing farm animal cruelty and galvanizing public sentiment in opposition to inhumane treatment of animals on factory farms.
The power of public opinion was strikingly illustrated — as the Huffington Post points out — when McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Safeway and Burger King all declared a goal of ridding gestation crates from their supply chains.
“Smithfield Foods, Hormel and Cargill are also making efforts to lower the number of company-owned operations using the devices. According to HSUS, eight U.S. states have passed laws to phase out gestation crates.”
And the social media uproar recently forced Beef Products Inc., the maker of “Pink Slime”, to suspended operations at all but one plant.
The use of these undercover videos in influencing public opinion to pressure factory farms into improving the treatment and conditions of farm animals has been so successful, factory farm lobbyists have convinced Iowa lawmakers to make undercover videos illegal.
And other states have considered similar laws. In February, Utah was the latest state to see a bill introduced that makes filming farm animals a crime.
“If those laws existed [in Wyoming],” HSUS Chief Counsel Jonathan Lovvorn argued, “the cruelty at this facility would have continued forever with no public knowledge, no law enforcement and no remedial action.”